Pentagon awards $646 million contract for border wall in Arizona

Thursday, May 16, 2019
By Paul Martin
MAY 15, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it had awarded a $646 million contract to a construction company to design and build a replacement for the border wall in Arizona.

In a statement, the Pentagon said the work by Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Southwest Valley Constructors was expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2020. The work will be performed in the Tucson sector, which includes most of the Arizona border with Mexico. The Pentagon did not indicate the length of the wall to be built.

President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to transfer funds to help build a border wall after he failed to secure funding from Congress.

Last week, the Pentagon said acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had approved the transfer of $1.5 billion from the department to build more than 80 miles (130 km) of barriers on the border.

Immigration is a signature issue of Trump’s presidency and re-election campaign. He declared a national emergency in order to redirect funding to build a wall without the approval of Congress.

One Response to “Pentagon awards $646 million contract for border wall in Arizona”

  1. Strayhorse

    No company or any entity operating in New Mexico should get any federal funds to fight illegal immigration UNTIL New Mexico STOPS ferrying illegal immigrants to the interior of the United States. Its like Americans are paying an American company who spends that money in New Mexico to help that state violate American laws providing aid and comfort to illegal insurgents entering America. WHAT THE F!


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